Monday, September 15, 2008
OOOOOON the road again....
Not immediately, but soon.
I've just booked my plane tickets for St. Louis, MO, and the North American Academy of Ecumenists' Annual General Meeting.
Much to the amusement, or bemusement, or both, of the young travel agent: "And what is the purpose of your trip to St. Louis?" So I told her, and while her jaw was still sagging in disbelief, I added, "Plainly as you can see, we are going to tear up St. Louis in a big way..."
Then she didn't know what to say.
I am very excited, it is all new territory for me from Minneapolis on! Although one of my grandmothers was born in Missouri in 1892 or thereabouts -- down south -- I think the place was inundated in the '30's by the TVA, or so the family legends relate.
That grandmother came to Prairie Province with her parents, who were homesteading, in 1905. Her father, who was born in Memphis, had been a (very very young) soldier in the Union Army...my mother remembered him, said he was a very gentle and sensible man.